Match Preview

Delhi Capitals will face Kolkata Knight Riders in the Eliminator 2 of IPL 2021 on 13 October at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium. Both Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders will be vying for the IPL 2021 title and a spot in the finals against Chennai Super Kings. DC was defeated by the three-time champions in the opening round of the playoffs and will look to advance to the final game in search for their first title. Meanwhile, KKR won the eliminator against RCB and came into the game in excellent condition as they continue their quest for their first IPL title since 2014.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is inclined more towards the batting side and slightly better for pacers.

Clear Skies with temperatures at 34 – 35 °C


Total matches                                    61

Matches won batting first                  34

Matches won bowling first                26

Average 1st Inns scores                  144

Average 2nd Inns scores                 122

Highest total recorded                     211/6 (20 Ov) by IRE vs SCO

Lowest total recorded                      71/10 (13.2 Ov) by IRE vs AFG

Highest score chased                      183/5 (19.4 Ov) by AFG vs UAE

Lowest score defended                   134/7 (20 Ov) by OMAN vs HK

Top 2 Wicket-Keeper picks

1) Rishabh Pant – The skill set of this left-handed batsman and the expertise required by the IPL are perfectly matched. He’s a strong puncher who can readily cross the ropes and land a wide range of shots. He made 51 runs in his last match.

Matches – 131

Runs – 3533

Average – 33.01

2) Dinesh Karthik – The right-handed batsman has a penchant for the sweep, reverse sweep that has helped his cause against spinners. He is in good form for the upcoming match.

Matches – 325

Runs – 6274

Average – 27.39

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Shubhman Gill – The right-handed batsman was drafted into the team due to his attacking techniques and his appetite for big runs. He is a wise pick for the next match. He made 29 runs in his last match.

Matches – 66

Runs – 1598

Average – 31.33

2) Prithvi Shaw  – With a low grip and a heavily bottom-handed approach, Shaw has a god-given talent to time the cricket ball, as well as a fantastic bat-swing. He won a berth on the squad because of his excellent stroke play, quick footwork, and  consistency. He made 60 runs in his last match.

Matches – 66

Runs – 1661

Average – 25.16

3) Eoin Morgan – He’s developed a reputation as a creative and free-striking middle-order batsman, particularly in shorter formats. A dangerous middle-order batsman on his day and a more than the astute player, Eoin is a vital cog in KKR’s cricket fortunes.

Matches – 3455

Runs – 737474

Average – 26.62

4) Shikhar Dhawan – Dhawan, a natural left-handed opener, has been a key part of Delhi’s line-up for years and now leads an unbeatable top-order. Due to his side-on stance and minimal trigger movement, he is strong on the off-side with his cuts and drives.

Matches – 302

Runs – 8739

Average – 32.48

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Anrich Nortje – Anrich is a fast runner who has a reputation for tearing up the track. He’s tall and quick, and he constantly appears to be in the midst of nowhere, moving quickly. Because of his preference for bowling yorkers, he is the quintessential white-ball cricketer.

Matches – 59

Wickets – 72

Economy – 7.36

2) Varun Chakravarthy – He has significantly rebuilt his action and added additional elements to his bowling. He has proved to be an asset to his team so far. He took two wickets in his last match

Matches – 32

Wickets – 36

Economy – 22.66

3) Kagiso Rabada – Rabada can swing the ball conventionally, but he loves to utilise scrambled seam deliveries to give the impression that the ball is off the wicket. He’s the closest thing we have to a ‘perfect pairing.’

Matches – 129

Wickets – 170

Economy – 7.89

4) Lockie Ferguson – Ferguson is a real fast bowler with the ability to hit incredibly high speeds from a large frame. He has everything it takes to be a match-winner for his team.

Matches – 82

Wickets – 93

Economy – 7.47

Top 2 All-rounder Picks

1) Sunil Narine – The left-handed batsman and right-arm off-break bowler is a valuable allrounder for KKR and a precise, experienced player in this format. He played excellent innings in the first half of the IPL. He took 4 wickets in his last match.

Matches – 381

Runs – 2765

Average – 15.10

Wickets – 423

Economy – 6.04

2) Ravichandran Ashwin – Ashwin burst into the spotlight in the IPL with his street-smart exploits, beginning the bowling at the death and coming on when wickets were needed. For the upcoming encounter, he is a crucial and significant selection.

Matches – 259

Runs – 795

Average – 13.47

Wickets – 253

Economy – 6.94

Predicted Playing 11

Delhi Capitals

Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Ravichandran Ashwin, Avesh Khan and Anrich Nortje

Kolkata Knight Riders

Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna


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